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Daily Reformation, Acts 27:39-44
From the Reformer
And then it might seem that both God had mocked Paul, and that he, with trifling, had brought his partners in a vain hope; but God did forthwith put away that error by giving them prosperous success. It was meet that when the ship was broken, they should be so discouraged, and that their souls should so melt, that despair might increase the glory of the miracle. For God useth to moderate and govern his works so, that he maketh some show of difficulty by reason of many lets [hindrances] which fall out. By this means he sharpeneth our senses unto greater attentiveness, that we may at length learn that, though all the world strive against him, yet will he have the victory. This is the reason why he had rather draw Paul and his companions to the shore after that the ship was lost, than bring the ship whole to land.
—John Calvin, Commentary on Acts
Pulling It Together
Very often, one does not see the way of escape because his attention is on what he considers a disaster. That person must ask himself a serious question: “Do I believe that God is in control or not?” If God is in control (and he is) then all things are being used by God for his good purposes. Even ship wrecks and car wrecks and wrecked relationships are in his control. Sometimes the vessel must be destroyed so that its inhabitants might “make for the land” and find the shore of God’s glory.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers